I love white. It represents purity, it’s clean, bright and fresh. If you pay attention to color design trends, white has been a top color choice for both Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore as their “Color of the Year.” In 2016, Alabaster was the Sherwin-Williams COTY and Simply White was Benjamin Moore’s Top Color.
White on walls as the main color creates the perfect backdrop for pops of color in accents in both furniture, fabrics and other accessories. White on trim and cabinets is my favorite way to contrast against wall color and add some freshness to a space.
So, if you have been following my Color Wheel feature color posts lately, you may have noticed that I have been highlighting several different white paint colors. In light of this, I thought it would be beneficial to have one cohesive post detailing my top tried and true white paint colors by Sherwin-Williams.
Whites can be tricky. It’s easy to look at a sample paint swatch with 7 different “whites” staring you in the face and then all of a sudden they all blur together and look exactly the same. “How do I even begin to find the right one for my space?” you may be asking.
If you have spent some time researching paint colors or read any of my feature color posts, you have most likely heard of “undertones” in paint colors. Well, it’s a real thing. It’s not just some technical term designers have come up with! Colors that have been mixed into varying shades for wall paint, have a certain main color or “undertone” that shows up most prominently when painted. The same is true with whites. For the sake of simplicity, I will start with my go-to “true” white and then outline the best cool whites, greige whites and warm whites.